A prominent Swedish businessman was sentenced and fined on Friday after he cut holes in the tyres of an ice cream truck because its jingle threw him into a rage.
Businessman Percy Nilsson, 71, was perhaps best known for his ownership of his local Malmö Redhawks ice hockey team, but has lately been making headlines after a power-drill attack on an ice cream truck. On Friday, he was ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 kronor ($15,500) by the Malmö District Court. He was also sentenced to pay for the loss of income that the ice-cream truck owner faced after the vandalism.
"It was a really tough sentencing and it's sad that it ended this way," Nilsson told the TT news agency. He lamented that he had already paid for the tyres and confessed to the crime.
The attack took place in October in Vellinge, southern Sweden, when Nilsson admitted to using a power drill to puncture the tyres of the vehicle. He said at the time that the move was intended to spark debate about the "outdated" practice of having trucks blaring their signature melody as they were driven through residential areas.
Nilsson's lawyer had argued that the jingle made 71-year-old suffer mentally.